Iran-Backed Narco-Terrorists Are Making Billions and Widening the War in the Middle East
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken toured the Middle East this month in an effort to prevent a wider regional war. But while Blinken was there, Jordanian jet fighters struck Iran-backed militias and narco-traffickers in Syria.
Iran-backed Hamas has provoked the war with Israel, while Iran-backed Hezbollah attacks Israel daily from across the Lebanese border. The Iran-backed Houthis are striking ships in the Red Sea. And Iran-backed militias in Iraq and Syria have attacked American bases there more than 130 times since mid-October.
The lure of immense profits drives the drug trade, but Iran and its proxies also sense an opportunity to destabilize Jordan, a country that serves a vital role — geographically and politically — in sustaining a regional order favorable to US interests.
By infiltrating Jordan with large hauls of the amphetamine-like drug captagon — whose trade was estimated in 2021 at $5.7 billion and has only grown since — as well as explosives and other arms, the narco-traffickers pursue both objectives.
Jordanian troops have been clashing regularly with smugglers at the Syrian border for more than two years. Amman is now escalating its campaign by taking military action inside Syrian territory. Amman is under no illusions about who it’s fighting in this war: the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Former Jordanian minister Samih Maayteh said so explicitly after dozens of narco-traffickers attempted to infiltrate Jordan on December 18 with explosives and 5 million captagon pills. “It’s Iran sponsoring these militias,” Maayteh said. “These are hostile military actions against Jordan on its territory.” (NYP / VFI News)
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